The Summer School for Women in Political Methodology is a competitive fellowship program for early-career researchers who identify as women. Hosted by the Political Science Department at the University of Zurich, the 7-day program offers hands-on training on core computational methods, as well as opportunities for networking and collaboration.

The 2020 Summer School will take place from 05 July to 11 July 2020. Applications will open in late February / early March. If you want to be updated about future editions of the summer school,  we can add you to our mailing list.

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Testimonials of previous participants

‘The summer school has been wonderful. The courses were accessible, yet challenging and I learned a great deal. I feel that the connections that I have made have been wonderful and I am happy to be a part of this broader network of female political scientists.’

‘[I have benefited from the Summer School] in several ways: first, I could realize my project, second I gained new knowledge and a starting point in methods I did not knew before, third this it was a very encouraging atmosphere with great participants, fourth due to this atmosphere I felt encouraged to ask questions that I did not ask before in methods classes. Finally: being taught and getting help by the experts in the field.’

‘[The Summer School provided] practical knowledge in terms of coding, better understanding of the underlying logic of different R packages, meeting with peers and team building (the atmosphere in the group was very inclusive and positive).’

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Summer School 2019


  • Writing Functions
  • Web Scraping
  • Text Analysis
  • Simulations
  • Advanced Graphics
  • Social Network Analysis

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The goal of the Summer School for Women in Political Methodology is to strengthen the methodological skills and professional network of young career researchers who identify as women. To encourage applications from different universities and backgrounds, we offer fellowships for successful applicants.

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Our e-mail address is currently not regularly maintained and will re-open once we publish the Call for Applications for the 2020 edition.

You can contact us at zurichsummerschool@ipz.uzh.ch, however, we might take a while to respond.

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